Zap cars will be on the way to Kentucky soon. Tuesday morning, Governor Steve Beshear signed an executive order allowing electric cars on Kentucky's roadways.
The Transportation Cabinet must now immediately develop a policy to safely put the cars on the streets.
“Kentuckians, like all Americans, are hard hit by record-high gas prices,” Gov. Beshear said at a news conference announcing the order. “These tough times call for creative solutions, and I believe allowing Kentuckians the option of using an electric vehicle is one of those solutions. Electric vehicles may help ease the burden on the pocketbooks of hard-working Kentucky families, as well as reduce their carbon footprint.”
Recently, the Transportation Cabinet issued a report saying electric cars will be safe on Kentucky's roadways with certain conditions.
“We’re in favor of new and innovative transportation technologies,” Transportation Secretary Joe Prather said. “We will work diligently to develop and implement standards to ensure safe operation of these vehicles on Kentucky roads.”
Secretary Prather will have until December 1st to come up with operating standards for the vehicles.
The company that makes the entirely electric Zap cars is looking into building a plant in Bullitt County. The state's administration says they are continuing to work with manufactures to bring electric car production to the Commonwealth.